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New York City Marathon Organizers Raise Entry Fees by About $60

Participating in the New York City Marathon this year will cost about $60 more than in 2011 because of increased staging costs, including service charges by the New York Police Department.

The entry fee for members of the New York Road Runners, which organizes the Nov. 4 race, is $216, up from $156 last year. The cost for non-member U.S. entrants has increased to $255 from $196, while international applicants will have to pay $347 this year, up from $281.

Organizers passed a rise in operating costs onto runners of the marathon, which had a record 47,763 participants start the 2011 race through the five boroughs of New York. The NYPD this year is charging the organizers of the marathon and other sporting events for traffic control and other policing costs.

“We work very hard to keep races affordable while ensuring a world-class experience for all of our runners,” Richard Finn, a spokesman for the New York Road Runners, said in a telephone interview. “The increase in the marathon price reflects both rising costs for the New York Road Runners and the new fee instituted by New York City on organizations like ours.”

The New York City Marathon opened its lottery system for entrants yesterday and received 22,795 applications in the first 10 hours, surpassing last year’s total for the first 24 hours. Finn said about 10 to 12 percent of the entrants are selected through the lottery, which runs through April 23. Other runners are guaranteed spots based on qualifying times, club memberships and past participation.

“It’s important to keep in mind that as a non-profit organization all the fees are reinvested in our races, our operations and our programs,” Finn said.

The New York City Marathon featured $600,000 in prize money for the 2011 event. Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai won the men’s 26.2-mile (42.2 kilometer) race in a record time of two hours, five minutes and five seconds.

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